7/24 WWE NXT Live Coverage: Adrian Neville vs. Rusev, Summer Rae vs. Charlotte for the NXT Women's Championship, Sin Cara and Kalisto vs. The Vaudevillains, The Ascension, Tyler Breeze, and more
By Zack Zimmerman
Aired July 24, 2014
Taped June 12, 2014 at Full Sail University
The show opened with a video package recapping Charlotte winning the NXT Women's Championship, Summer Rae returning, and the split of the BFFs. Summer Rae vs. Charlotte for the NXT Women's Championship was hyped for tonight… The opening video played…
In the arena, tag champs The Ascension made their entrance. Their opponents were already waiting at ringside. The crowd let loose with loud "yah!" chants for The Ascension.
1. The Ascension vs. Johnny Vandal and Aaron Solow. Vandal went after Viktor's arm, but Viktor was just toying with him. Viktor chased Solow off the apron and whipped Vandal to the outside. The Ascension tracked Solow down and got him back in the ring where they went to work. They hit the Fall of man a short time later for the win…
The Ascension squashed Vandal and Solow in about 2:30.
Renee Young hyped that Tyler Breeze and Adrian Neville would both be in action tonight. The other commentator hyped the Women's Championship match… [C]
Zim Says: I'm so over The Ascension. Also, I think they've have had more televised matches against indie wrestlers Vandal and Solow than they've had with WWE/NXT contracted talent. That's a strong indictment of NXT's tag division.
Back in the arena, Tyler Breeze made his entrance. The commentators hyped that it was his return from the career-threatening hand modeling injury. Mojo Rawley was out next.
2. Tyler Breeze vs. Mojo Rawley. Breeze played up his injury and then caught Mojo out of nowhere with the Beauty Shot for the win…
Tyler Breeze over Mojo Rawley in about 0:30.
The commentators hyped the Women's Championship match up next… [C]
Zim Says: Easiest live coverage ever. It was fine. Makes sense for Breeze's character.
Back in the arena, Summer Rae made her entrance. Women's Champion Charlotte was out next. There were some "woo's" for Charlotte but neither lady got a particularly strong reaction during their formal in-ring intros.
3. Summer Rae vs. Charlotte for the NXT Women's Championship. The two got into a shoving match that broke down into a catfight. They both hit a running spinning facebuster on each other and sold it before Charlotte established control. Charlotte settled into the Figure-Four headlock and hit several rounds of pushup facebusters going into a break. [C]
Back from break, Charlotte still had Summer grounded in the headlock. She flipped forward into a slam and finally released the hold. Summer managed to dump Charlotte to ringside and she took control back in the ring. Summer yelled "I made you, Charlotte" as she choked Charlotte in the corner. Summer spent several uneventful moments on offense as the crowd began to grow restless with "boring" chants.
Summer locked in a half crab for a while. Charlotte reversed but Summer essentially no-sold and hit a reverse kneeling facebuster. The crowd, completely out of it at this point, had began to do the wave. Summer hit a spinning heel kick for a two count before Charlotte began to fight back. She hit her finisher for the win.
Charlotte pinned Summer Rae to retain the NXT Women's Championship in about 8:15.
The commentators hyped Adrian Neville vs. Rusev in the main event… An Alexa Bliss vignette aired…
Zim Says: The match wasn't as horrible as the crowd made it out to be, but it wasn't top-notch by any means. They looked a bit lost at times and I think the crowd rattled them. Charlotte is athletic and improving, but not quite there yet.
Back in the arena, The Vaudevillains made their entrance. Kalisto was out next followed by Sin Cara. Mediocre reactions for both luchadors compared to the Vaudevillains.
4. The Vaudevillains vs. Sin Cara and Kalisto. Kalisto hit a tilt-a-whirl armdrag and the babyfaces hit some fancy double-team offense. The commentators are particularly bad in this match. English reversed Sin Cara's offense and tagged in Simon Gotch. Cara tried to fight back and reversed a move with a sunset roll for a two-count, but Gotch maintained control and tagged English back in. Gotch hit a reverse European uppercut and English hit a snap neckbreaker for a near-fall.
English stayed in control for a short time until Sin Cara hit the Schoolboy Bomb and made the hot tah. Kalisto came in with a rolling kick and a no-hand-spring enzugiri. Sin Cara took English out on the outside and Kalisto hit a sitout Shiranui for the win...
Sin Cara and Kalisto defeated The Vaudevillains in about 6:00.
Zim Says: Pretty decent tag match here. It doesn't excite me to see Kalisto paired with Sin Cara, but praise be to the NXT gods, we got a competitive match in the NXT tag division!!!
Back in the arena, NXT Champion Adrian Neville made his entrance. Lana was introduced next and she came onto the stage. She said Americans idolize stars, but stars fade. She said in Russia, they have heroes. She said Obama is a star while Putin is a hero to the entire world. She said Adrian Neville is just a star who will burnout and fall to the greatest hero. Rusev was out next. He said a brief piece on the stage before he made his entrance waving the Russian flag.
5. Adrian Neville vs. Rusev in a non-title match. Rusev tossed Neville but Neville flipped and landed on his feet. Seconds later, Rusev caught Neville and wore him out with knees in the ropes and a fallaway suplex. Rusev continued the beatdown on the mat and in the corner, mostly with stomps. He hung Neville up in the corner and hit a stiff kick to the back. Neville began to fight back moments later when began wearing Rusev out with shoot kicks to the chest. He landed a good number of them, but Rusev got up and hoisted Neville up with a double goozle. He lost grip and the spot fell apart, but Neville came right back with a springboard missile dropkick.
Tyler Breeze ran down to the ring and jumped on the apron. Neville bumped him off but Rusev took control. Neville landed a high kick and a superkick to a kneeling Rusev moments later before going to the top rope. Breeze shoved Neville off and hung him up on the top rope causing the ref to call for the bell.
Adrian Neville beat Rusev by DQ in about 4:00.
Rusev hit the jumping side kick and locked in the Accolade before Lana had him break it and raised his hand in the ring. Breeze smirked from the ramp as the show closed with Rusev standing over Neville…
Zim Says: The action was decent for the four minutes they had and I wouldn't really expect a clean finish from both of these guys who need to avoid losses. That said, it was a pretty uneventful finish to a pretty uneventful show. At least they're gearing up for Neville vs. Breeze finally and I hope those two relatively unproven characters are able to put together a compelling story leading into their match. Not much else to say in general this week as it wasn't a particularly newsworthy or memorable episode.
Be sure to check out Hayden Gleed's debut on the Member-Exclusive Dot Net NXT Audio Recap this Friday!
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